Leaving Your Dog In Hot Or Cold Car Could Result In A Fine

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ALBANY — If you’re thinking of leaving your pup in a car during extreme heat or cold, think again.

An Albany County law recently passed allows police, first responders and even veterinarians to remove an animal from a car when the owner can’t be located, and subsequently fine the owner for the offense.

According to Local Law H, which was part of public comments during a hearing in October, animals can’t be confined to a car in a way that could reasonably be expected to “threaten the health of the animal due to exposure to extreme heat or cold.”

Those found in violation could pay a fine of $150 for the first offense and up to $500 for the third offense. Fines would be issued by the county sheriff deputies.

“Animals can suffer and die in a car in extreme heat in as little as six minutes, and they can suffer from hypothermia in a car in even moderate cold,” said Legislator Bryan Clenahan, who sponsored the bill. “Local Law H will help protect animals from these tragedies. It will also greatly increase the types of first responders who can legally intervene to save animals in distress in such conditions.”

Clenahan also is sponsoring a local law that would fine people who leave their dogs tied outside for more than two hours during any continuous 12-hour period, but it hasn't been voted on by the full Legislature.

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